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Social Science Department patrons, Los Angeles Public Library
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Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, was designed by architects Bertram G. Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow. Constructed between 1922-1926, it was designed to mimic the architecture of ancient Egypt, complete with a tiled mosaic pyramid tower and many beautiful murals throughout. Tragic fires in 1986 destroyed part of the building along with 20 percent of the library's collection, prompting a closure for 6 years while restoration took place. The renovation was completed in 1993, and the library reopened on October 3, 1993. The Los Angeles Public Library is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of books and periodical holdings, boasting over 6 million volumes. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1970 - Building #70000136.
Interior view of the Social Science Department at Los Angeles Central Library. Shelving units are visible along the perimeter of the department, which are bursting with books. In the forefront, patrons are pictured occupying several tables throughout, and the reference desk can be seen at the rear. Note the painted ceiling and beams. Today, the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department encompasses a wide breadth of subject matter, both current and historical, popular and scholarly. These include general psychology, all periods of philosophy, and the world religions of all ages. Social Science covers social problems and issues such as marriage and the family, crime and punishment, substance abuse, and poverty. Also included are politics and government, immigration and ethnic groups, international relations, education, law and customs.
1 photographic print :b&w ;19 x 26 cm. on board 19 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library.--Social Science Dept
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Social science literature--California--Los Angeles
Public libraries--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Library users--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Reading--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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